Kurt Randal Hermann, 70, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Tuesday night, April 26, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.
He was born October 7, 1951 in Sheboygan, the son of Jacob “Jake” and Minnie (Ehler) Hermann. Kurt grew up attending Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Sheboygan and graduated from Sheboygan South High School with the class of 1970. He initially worked for his father at Jake’s Liquor in Sheboygan. Kurt eventually decided to take some time and see the world and went backpacking in Europe.
Upon his return home to Wisconsin, he enrolled in the Milwaukee Fire & Police Academy in 1984 to become a firefighter, following in the footsteps of his uncle who was a fire chief back home in Sheboygan. Kurt graduated from the academy in 1985 and began serving the greater Milwaukee area as a firefighter. He primarily worked out of Station 27 on the east side of Milwaukee and usually drove Engine 27 or Ladder 15. Kurt belonged to the Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association. He shot trap in league at the Muskego Gun Club.
Kurt and Jann met in Milwaukee, and married on October 7, 1990 at the Seven Seas on Nagawicka Lake near Hartland. They resided together on the east side of Milwaukee, within walking distance of Station 27. Kurt retired from the Milwaukee Fire Department in 2007.
In 2005, Kurt and Jann bought a home in Door County, a place they became familiar with from their years of vacationing. Kurt and Jann liked wine and “working” for Red Oak Winery in their retirement. He loved his dog, Roxie and spent many hours walking together in Potawatomi State Park. Kurt enjoyed puttering in the yard and tending to his gardens.
He will be missed by his wife, Jann, with whom he was blessed to share over 31 years of marriage with; Jann’s four children, Jeffrey Schmitt of North Prairie and also of Thailand, Timothy Schmitt of Muskego, Brandon Schmitt of Watertown, and Torrey Schmitt of Waukesha; three grandchildren, Karmen and Andy Schmitt and Christopher Schmitt; sister, Karla (Guy) Schenk of Sheboygan; brother-in-law, Gary Hanson of Treasure Island, FL; numerous nieces and nephews; cousins; and other relatives.
Kurt was preceded in death by his parents; two stepsisters, Bev (Peter) Dorn and Shirley (Jack) Zempel; and other relatives.
No public services are scheduled to be held.
“A heartfelt thanks goes out to Chaplain Mark and the ‘angels’ at Unity Hospice and Door County Cancer Center for the wonderful, compassionate care given to Kurt.”
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Kurt may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
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